The Career Services Office prepared a report based on data from the CEU Alumni database. It takes into account current employment of alumni of the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations who graduated the DSPS since 2002 up to January 2021.

The sector where most of our alumni are employed is Government and Public Sector, with 47.4%.

Chart of DSPS Alumni by sector

Our doctoral program has five areas of specialization, tracks: Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Political Theory, International Relations, and Public Policy. Alumni from Comparative Politics, Political Economy and Political Theory are within Political Science in the graph below.

And across sectors, 75% of our alumni are engaged with education and research.

This refers to work done in academia, higher education, research institutes, think tanks, and policy institutes, in foundations, advocacy groups, NGOs, non-profit sector, government, public sector, international and multilateral organizations.

We encourage all of our alumni to update their record at the Alumni Relations Office when they change employment, this will help us keep accurate reports like this one in the future. 

What are CEU Doctoral graduates' first professional engagements after completing their studies?

CEU Career Services Office conducted an online First Destination Survey (FDS) between January-April 2019. This report is based on the data collected, on post-graduation outcomes of CEU doctoral graduates who obtained their degree between 2014-2018. DSPS graduates were 26% of all the graduates during that period.

90% of doctoral graduates responding to the First Destination Survey reported being employed 6-9 months after graduation

Employment information Sector Breakdown

Read the report here: CEU Career Outcomes Report (2014-2018)


The Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations (DS) at Central European University (CEU) initiated an alumni survey to gather information about the placement of DS graduates and their satisfaction with the level of education and professional training. The survey assesses the quality of preparation for further employment, and maps the strengths and areas for strategic development to ensure continuous excellence of the program at the service of current and prospective PhD students.

The main findings are listed below. 

Area of the current employment of the alumni

 Satisfaction with the current employment


"Intellectually stimulating, allowing me to conduct my research with a great degree of freedom, while allowing for a life that is generally comfortable."

One of the graduates